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From the Desk or Mr. Schwartz

March Newsletter 2022

Dear Axtell Community School members,

It is hard to believe we are already in the month of March, which means we have just over 2 months of school left. The end of the quarter will conclude on March, 11th. We look forward to another great quarter here at Axtell.

Upcoming Events at ACS:

· During the week of March 1st, we have Read Across America week. We have many different activities taking place this week. These are being sent home with your students.

· On Monday, February 28th spring sports are able to begin practicing. Good luck to all spring activities!

· Each quarter we have an academic assembly. One assembly includes our K-5th grade while the other assembly includes our 6th-12th grade. At these assemblies we recognize many different accomplishments by our students. These include: top map scores, growth on map scores, academic all-state, and our students of the quarter.

Parents you are invited to our academic assemblies, so please come on out! Our next K-5 assembly is on March 11th at 2:00 PM in the main gym. The next 6-12 assembly will be on March 11th at 11:00AM. Please feel free to join us!

· We will have Spring Break on March 17th and 18th. There is no school for students or staff. It looks like we should have some nice spring weather coming up.

· As we enter the spring, we have students gone a lot. Please make sure your student is communicating with their teachers and staying on top of their homework.

· On March 21st we are able to begin our state testing with students. We will be sending home more information in regards to this, but please be aware of this coming up.

Please follow our social media for updates and our school calendar as things change throughout the activity season. We will keep doing our best to keep everyone updated.

Here at Axtell Community Schools, we look forward to serving our students, staff, and patrons. If you have any questions please stop in or shoot me an email at jeff.schwartz@axtellwildcats.org

Thank You,

Mr. Jeff Schwartz

Pk-12 Principal

Axtell Wildcat Wrestling

The Axtell Wrestling Team capped off a memorable season by having an awesome 2022 State Tournament. Throughout much of the tournament, Axtell was sitting in the top 5 of the team race with only 4 wrestlers competing. We finished in 11th place at State, which is something that hasn't been done at Axtell since 2003. Individually Ashton Hawkins went 1-2 @ 195 lbs., Quinn Bertrand went 2-2 @145 lbs. and 1 match away from a state medal. Taaron Lavicky made it to the semifinals on Friday night & ended up finishing in 6th place @ 152 lbs. Jacob Fox was the 126 lb. State Champion, the first State Champ from Axtell since 2004!

Congratulations to your 2022 Class D 126 lb. State Champion, Jacob Fox!!! WAY TO GO!!!

Read a Thon

The National Honor Society is again sponsoring a Read a Thon, beginning March 1 and running through March 14. Our goal with this project is two-fold. First, we want to encourage and reward reading because it is essential to academic success and an enjoyable pastime. Second, we want to raise money to provide scholarships and fund activities that support academics. Besides the small prizes you saw on the flyer, we will be providing class prizes at the elementary and middle school level for most minutes read (we use the average to make sure every class has an opportunity to win) and most money raised. We will also have individual prizes for the most minutes read. We hope you will join us in encouraging your student to read.

Senior Scholarships

Below is a list of scholarship applications available on my website (rhondahoyt.weebly.com). As you can see, there are many deadlines coming up in March and April.


Nebraska School Counselor Association Scholarship For a graduating senior who will attend any Nebraska college or university in any program of study. Due March 30 NSCA Application 20 fillable

Lillie Mae Krick Memorial Scholarship Must be resident of Kearney County for at least 2 years, enroll in a Nebraska college, university or tech school, have at least a C average. Due March 1. Krick

Future Problem Solving Program Scholarship For graduating seniors with at least two years experience in FPS. Due March 1. FPS fillable

Nels and Lucille Winther Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is for any graduating senior in Kearney County who plans to attend any accredited 2 or 4 year college. Committee will be considering academic achievement, participation in extra-curricular activities, record of good citizenship, character, attitude toward education, community service and financial need. Due in Counselor's office March 1 Winther Fillable

Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is for graduating seniors who have a parent, grand parent, or great grand parent who is a veteran and member of the American Legion. Other criteria are to attend a college or university in Nebraska and be able to show financial need. Due March 1

Nebraska Mayflower Scholarship Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Nebraska and a U.S. citizen. Applicants will be evaluated by a written essay, GPA and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, honors received, school or volunteer activities, employment, demonstrated leadership and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. Mayflower ancestry is NOT a requirement. Due March 31.

Kearney Area Community Foundation has information on scholarships available to Axtell high school seniors.
Ft. Kearny Conference Future Educator Scholarship (4/1) Kearney Area Chamber Ag (Paid out in the Second year), Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Mark Benjamin Building Opportunity Scholarship (3/25), Funding Opportunity Scholarship Due dates vary Applications and eligibility information available Here

CPI Cares Scholarship Program CPI offers several several scholarships in two categories. One is for the dependent of a CPI patron and one is for the dependent of a current full-time employee. Both are targeted for graduating seniors or students in the first or second year of post secondary education. Due March 26. Application is online here.

Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Award This is for graduating seniors. Scholarship recipients will be selected by independent panels of judges from the academic and business communities in Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux Falls and Wichita and will be awarded based on the following judging criteria:
•Essay Content=50% •Community Service=20% •Leadership=20% •Recommendations=5% •Academic=5% Due March 10. guidelines

Darryl Fisher Memorial Scholarship Son's of the American Legion Post #52. Applicant must be a senior who has a parent or grandparent that is a member of Post #52. Must plan to attend an accredited two or four year post secondary institution. Mail completed application to Myron Kouba, 1015 13th Avenue, Kearney Ne. 68845. Due March 22 Fisher fillable

NEBRASKA AVIATION TRADES ASSOCIATION 2019 SCHOLARSHIP this is for graduating seniors. It must be signed by a member of the NATA. Does not specify any school or program as a requirement. Due March 15. NATA

Delta Kappa Gamma-Phi Chapter For a student who is planning a career in education. Due March 23, 2020 DKG

The Mike Rowe Works Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program We’re looking for the next generation of aspiring workers who will work smart and hard. This program doesn’t focus on test scores, grades, or grammar. It’s about the people who share our values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Due March 28

Glenwood Telephone Membership Corporation GTMC Scholarship For graduating seniors who are continuing their education at an accredited 4 year college, community college, or technical/trade school. Applicant or parents/guardians must receive GTMC telephone service. Due in Counselor's office March 31. GTMC fillable

Nebraska State College System Freshmen Scholarships For a complete listing of NSCS scholarships and applications go to NSCS. Applications are available and completed through the college of your choice. (Chadron, Wayne, and Peru)

Kearney/Franklin County Farm Bureau Scholarship The recipient must major in Agriculture and be from a Farm Bureau family Applicants will be judged on the following: 1. Scholarship achievement 2. Citizenship and leadership activities
3. Involvement in FFA or 4-H programs preferred. Due March 31

Kearney County Health Services John R. Finkner/Phillip A Fleming Healthcare Scholarship For Kearney county high school graduate whose intended study is a healthcare related profession. Due March 31 KCHS


Axtell Faculty and Staff Scholarship For a graduating senior at Axtell Community School. Any school any program of study. Due April 1

Sarah Nelson Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is for a graduating senior at Axtell Community School, for use at any college, any program of study. Due April 1 Application

James L. Dimon Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is for a graduating senior at Axtell Community School. For use at any college, any program of study. Two will be awarded Due April 1. Application

Hanna Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is for the child of an ICON (Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska) member who intends to attend college in the fall. Due April 1

MCKENNA’S RAE OF HOPE MENTAL HEALTH FIELD SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is for a graduating senior who is interested in a mental health field career. Applicant must live in Nebraska. Due April 1 Info sheet

Nebraska JCT 6/10 Cruzerz Scholarship This is to provide the opportunity for a student to pursue an education at a technical (community) college. Minimum GPA of 2.75 Due April 1 Cruzerz 20

Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is for a graduating senior interested in attending a Nebraska Community college to study in an automotive related field. Due April 5 Carriage House

Axtell FKC Scholarship This scholarship is for an Axtell graduating senior who has participated in FKC activities.
Due April 15. Axtell FKC

Nebraskans for Peace Scholarship Nebraskans for Peace is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Three
$500 scholarships and six $100 scholarships will be awarded to seniors who wish to pursue a college education. The awards, based upon written essays, will be evenly divided among the three congressional districts. The recipients will be students who wish to further their education in an area consistent with the mission of Nebraskans for Peace: peace with justice through community building, education and political action. Due April 8. NE for Peace

Gwendolyn D. Burnside Educational Scholarship Applicant for this scholarship must be a graduating senior of Axtell Community School and plan on attending a college, university, or other post-secondary institution (two or four-year program). Due April 23. Burnside

Kearney Area Builders Association For a graduating senior who is interested in a career in the home building industry. To be used at CCC. Due April 5

Nebraska Coaches Association/Country Inn and Suites Scholarship Upper 25% of class –OR-3.75 Cumulative GPA, 2) Must be at least a 2 year participant in 2 sports, 3) Must have earned varsity letter in 2 sports, 4) Must include at least one letter of recommendation from a high school coach, 5) ACT minimum score of 24 Due April 15 Application

NP Realty Scholarship This scholarship is for an area graduating senior planning to attend UNK next fall. Qualified student will be able to show extra curricular involvement and leadership. Submit application materials to: NP Realty, Inc
Attn: Amy Worley 4503 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE 68848 Due April 15. NP Info

Beth Marie Petersen Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is for graduating seniors at Axtell Community School. Qualified students will have participated in 4 years of music (any combination of choir and band totaling 4 years) Due April 1,

Axtell Booster Club Scholarship This scholarship is for graduating seniors at Axtell Community School. Parents must be members of Booster Club Due April 7 Booster Club

Phelps County 4-H Foundation There are six scholarships available, one in the amount of $2000 and up to five additional in the amount of $1000, to past or current Phelps County 4-H members. Due April 1 Phelps 4-H 2109

Axtell Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department Scholarship For an Axtell student. Primary emphasis is on volunteerism. Fire & Rescue Due April 1 Axtell Fire

Axtell Student Council Scholarship This scholarship is for a graduating senior at Axtell. Due to Mrs. Webb April 1.
Student Council

Merryman Scholarship For a resident of Kearney County graduating from Minden or Axtell Public Schools. Due April 4 Merryman

Phi Gamma Delta White Owl Scholarship This is for an incoming male student to UNK. Eligibility is based on academic performance, leadership, community involvement and your answer to the application question. Membership in Phi Gamma Delta is not a requirement. Due April 28 White Owl

Jim Hurlbert Memorial Baseball Scholarship This scholarship is for Nebraska American Legion Baseball players who are in their last year of eligibility and/or a graduating senior. Must show financial need and attend school at a Nebraska college or university. Due June 15 2020 Jim Hurlbert

City Property Mgmt HOA Service Scholarship This scholarship is for students who are interested in Real Estate as a major. Read the requirements and complete online. Due July 31, 2021 Application Link

Attention Seniors

Please bring to the office, 4 vertical/portrait photos to school - one for each of the following:

  • Class Composite (flip board in the lobby)
  • Bulletin Board (in the lobby for graduation day)
  • Newspaper class composite
  • Yearbook

The vertical senior pictures can all be the same pose.

Also, bring photos of you for the graduation video. (3 required)

  • Baby Picture
  • Senior picture (Your choice of portrait or landscape)
  • One picture of you somewhere in between

Candid group pictures can also be given or sent to tara.smith@axtellwildcats.org

FBLA March of Dimes -

The Axtell FBLA members held their annual "Dime Wars" competition in order to raise money for the March of Dimes Foundation. They held 3 different sections which were the Kindergarten thru 4th grade competition, the 5th grade through 8th grade competition, and the 9th grade through 12th grade competition.

We are proud to announce that Axtell FBLA will be making a $2,482 donation to the March of Dimes with the help of our students and community! The kindergarten class won their competition and donated a whopping $400.56! The 5th grade won their competition with a donation of $401.69. The Juniors took first place in their competition with 18,125 points.

All in all, elementary classes raised $922.45, middle level raised $638.53 and high school raised $921.02.


Upcoming Events

- March 2nd: Spring CDE's (HS members only)

- March 7th: JH and HS FFA Pictures
- March 8th: Chapter Meeting (JH and HS members)
- March 24th: State FFA Planning Meeting (qualifying members and parents/guardians)
- April 6th-9th: State FFA in Lincoln
- April 28th: FFA Banquet @ 6:30pm
- April 30th-May 1st: FFA Plant Sale
Exciting News
Axtell FFA received a $1,000 grant from the Gateway Farm Expo to help fund a weather station for the greenhouse!

FFA Plant Sale
The 2nd annual FFA Plant Sale will be on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. We had such a great turn out last year that we have DOUBLED the amount of plants that we have available for sale! Additionally, we will also be offering a new service this year - community members can bring us their pots, select their plants and we will take care of the rest! Pots can be dropped off the week of March 28th-April 1st and then picked up during the FFA Plant Sale. More details on this will be coming soon, feel free to contact Mrs. Grimes with any questions.

Axtell FFA Alumni and Supporters
The next meeting is scheduled for March 7th at 5pm in the ag room. If you are interested in joining the Axtell FFA Alumni and Supporters please contact Mrs. Grimes or Trish Danburg.

Read Across America Week

February 28 - March 4


No School for Students


“I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”

Wear a shirt that others can read

Bring a flashlight to school to read in the dark.


“Sneetches on Beaches"

Wear school appropriate beach clothes

Bring a towel to read on


“The Sleep Book”

Some days it's hard to get out of bed. No need to get dressed. Stay in your pajamas instead.

Bring a blanket or stuffed animal to read with.


“Oh The Places You’ll Go”

Wear a college shirt of your choice.


Axtell Post Prom party will be Saturday, April 9th , after prom. This year we will be having our party at the

school with inflatables and other fun games. We plan to be going by 1 am and our party will conclude at

3:30 am.

We are in need of 8-10 parents to help sponsor the party. Please contact either Tina (308) 830-2006 or

Tonya (308) 830-2522 if you can help sponsor this years’ party.

Parents, please be on the lookout for post prom paperwork that will be sent home with your student

towards the beginning of March.

Thank you in advance for all your support! It is with the generous help of our supporters that we are

able to provide a safe and fun evening for our high school students!

We enjoy providing a safe and drug/alcohol free place for our high school students to go after prom. We

are still collecting donations for this year’s Post Prom party. Any donations can be sent to the school to

the attention of Tina Peterson or Tonya Robinson.

2022 Prom Waiver/Signup Form

Prom Tuxes

On Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30 - 6:30 there will be a representative in Mr. Havranek's room from the Bridal Isle in Loomis for anyone interested in ordering a tux for Prom. If you pay in full or at least half of your tux payment on the 3rd you will received a 10 percent discount.

Visit Jim's Formal Wear and Skeffington's Formal Wear websites for ideas on style and/or colors available. If you have any questions, text Darcie Senff at 308-380-4961.

Student Council

The Student Council will be hosting its annual Toiletries Drive March 28th thru April 1st. Examples of items that can be donated are toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, diapers, wipes, and other hygiene products. All items collected will be donated to the Wilcox Food pantry.

Upcoming Events

No School - February 28th

March 17th & 18th

March 7th - Spring Sports Pictures 2:30 & Jr. & Sr. FFA members

Big Book Sale in April

Axtell Village News

The Axtell village is hiring full time lifeguards - letter of application WITH CONTACT INFORMATION due by April 1.

Also , that the tree dump will begin opening on April 2.

Axtell Public Library

The Axtell Public Library has a Summer Internship 2022 available.

This intern position is a paid position. You must be a High School or college student, (age 16 or older).

Apply within or send application &/or resume to:

Axtell Public Library

305 N Main St.

PO Box 65

Axtell NE 68924

Applications accepted until 5pm on March 11, 2022

For more information: 308-743-2592 or axtellpubliclib@gmail.com

Pre-K Axtell Book Club

Who: Any kiddo Pre-K and under

Where: Axtell Public Library

When: The first Friday of every month - 10:00 a.m.

Kick off is Friday, March 4th

Hosted by Katie & Hazel Wells

We are looking for Hosts Each Month!

The host can be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc! As host, you will read a favorite story of your choice and ask some fun discussion questions followed by a craft or activity related to the book. Snacks can also be provided by host if desired.

For more information or to sign up to Host a Month, please contact Katie Wells at 619-961-3715 or email at katiewells32418@gmail.com

Follow us at facebook.com/AxtellPublicLibrary

Axtell AWANA News

March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30th - 3:30-5:00 pm

April 6, 13, 20 - 3;30 - 5:00 pm

April 27th - 7:00 pm - Awards Night-Parent's Night & Final Store

Brownies & Ice Cream Sundaes

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Anderson 830-2391 or Pastor Matt 830-2603.

Axtell ball association

Register ONLINE


We are using the same jerseys as last year. Please locate and try on your jersey before you register.

This is your ONLY option to order a new jersey.

$35.00 - Ordering new jersey

$20.00 - Using 2021 jersey

Baseball/Softball Form

Registration Deadline: March 20th

Late registrations will be charged a $15.00 LATE FEE

Scholarships are available

Contact Sara Wells 308-830-2899 sarawells@gmail.com

Keene Kids 4-h club

What do photography, baking, welding, rabbits, and gardening have in common? All are 4-H projects, and there are so many more possibilities! Kids ages 5-7 can be active as Clover Kids, and kids 8-18 as of Jan. 1 can be full 4-H members! For more information and to get involved, visit 4h.unl.edu, or contact Trish Danburg, Ty Fickenscher or Kendall Lammers.
The Keene Kids 4-H Club will meet April 10, 4 p.m. at the Axtell Fire Hall.

2022 Axtell All Class Reunion

Please make plans to join us for the 2022 ALL CLASS REUNION BANQUET,

Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Anderson at 308-830-2391.

All Class Reunion

Axtell Bloodmobile

The Axtell Bloodmobile will be here Thursday, April 7th from 10:00 - 4:00 at the Axtell Community Building.

For more information contact Stephanie Anderson at 308-830-2391.

Golf Meeting

There will be a golf meeting on Tuesday, March 1st in the Main Gym at 3:40 pm.